Even Middlesbrough admit Mowbray favourite for managers vacancy

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson accepts that Tony Mowbray is an "obvious candidate" to succeed Gordon Strachan as manager.

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson accepts that Tony Mowbray is an "obvious candidate" to succeed Gordon Strachan as manager.

Strachan stepped down on Monday after 12 months in charge at The Riverside and leaves Boro languishing in 20th position in the Championship table.

Bookmakers have immediately installed Boro legend Mowbray as the odds-on favourite to take over on Teesside following his success with the club as a player.

"I've known Tony since he was a boy almost," Gibson told Sky Sports News.

"He's an obvious candidate. We'll speak to a lot of people and we'll make a decision.

"It won't be rushed. There's no shoo-in. We'll take our time."

When asked who will be the club's new boss, Gibson replied: "You tell me. I wish I knew.

"There's a lot of people out there who want to be football managers. It's too early.

"We start with a blank sheet of paper and we'll get on with that."